A Father’s Protection

That's My Teenage Son

There is an old legend regarding the Cherokee Indian youth’s Rite of Passage. When a boy is ready to become a man, the father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a tree stump the entire night and not remove the blindfold until the [Read More...]

The Kind of Person I Yearn to Be

Becoming Your Spouses Other Half

As a new year dawns it is a perfect opportunity to have a fresh slate and become the kind of person we want to be.  But our past and our self-destructive behavior are frequently our own worst enemy. One of the challenges I notice many people face is the lack of mental self-discipline.  This often [Read More...]

Who Are You Influencing?

I recently read a book titled, “teacher” The Henrietta Mears Story, by Marcus Brotherton.  In the Introduction section, Brotherton is describing the influence Donald Miller’s highly successful book, Blue Like Jazz, had on his friend’s widow shortly after he had passed away.  He talks about our simple and small influence in people’s lives being so [Read More...]

Expectations Make the Man

Oftentimes the expectations we have for our children have a tendency to come to fruition.  With that in mind it is important we have high expectations for our boys.  We should strive to have them aspire to greatness.  Why not exhort them to aspire to greatness?  The rule of thumb in the business world is [Read More...]

A Post-Thanksgiving Meditation

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The story haunts me. A rich young man runs up to Jesus and breathlessly asks, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus doesn’t whip out a parchment with the ancient Aramaic version of “The Four Spiritual Laws.” Nor does he give the man a detailed theological presentation of the Gospel. Instead, [Read More...]

Where Have All The Good Men Gone?

In her article in the Wall Street Journal, Kay S. Hymowitz comments that not so long ago, most young men by their late 20s had accomplished the milestones of adulthood by being married, having children and being financially independent.  Many young men today still live with their parents well into their 20s if not their [Read More...]

My 10 Favorite ‘Manly’ Actors

Clint Eastwood

Here’s a list of my favorite “manly” actors from today’s movies—there’s a whole different list from yesteryear.  Most of the young actors today don’t have the chops to compete with these guys in the acting or masculinity departments.  Interestingly, most of these guys are known conservatives (what a coincidence).  I intentionally left off Bobbie DeNiro [Read More...]

A Culture Without Vision Perishes

A blind man once asked a wise man, “Is there anything worse than losing your eye sight?” The wise man replied, “Yes…losing your vision.” One of the most important character traits a leader possesses is vision.  As a culture we are losing our most valuable resource—male leadership.  We have lost our vision of what role [Read More...]


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